Month: September 2008


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Welcome To This Farm

Welcome To This Farm

There are several canine residents on the horse retirement farm. Over the years between my parents and I we have taken in a large number of wayward animals. I’ve already mentioned the I think he is trying to look regal or noble here; it really isn’t him Happy with a wagging tail is typically his look There are two things in the world of Bush that are without equal as far as bringing him joy. Riding in the back of the Gator is sheer bliss for Bush. If the Gator moves out of my parents’ garage for any reason,...

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How I Spent My Saturday

If only running a horse retirement farm was all about playing with the horses. It would make life absolutely perfect! Unfortunately there is a lot of other stuff that is involved in maintaining a farm that has nothing to do with horses. About a week ago I was feeding the horses one morning and I noticed this huge tree limb was down. It also happened to be over a fence line. Thankfully it was not touching the fence and hadn’t damaged the fence at all when it fell. I don’t have any idea why it fell either. We hadn’t...

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New Chicks And Other Pictures

I’m not exactly sure when these chicks hatched. I know they weren’t there last night, and I noticed them today about mid-morning. They hatched on one of the workbenches. Newly hatched chicks Following mom Exploring this big, new world Running to keep up with mom And of course we still have the retired horses living on the farm. I haven’t had any pictures of them the last few days. Poco never gives up; he rotates between Faune and Ogie. I could take this picture almost every day, just substitute which horse Poco has chosen to...

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We All Need Good Help

I think I have mentioned a few times that Cloudy is the Best Barn Cat Ever. We actually had a wonderful predecessor to Cloudy named Barney. Yes, Barney the barn cat. My dad came up with that name and I’m pretty sure he must have pulled an all-nighter to produce a name as creative as Barney for the barn cat. By the way, Barney turned out to be a girl and she had a nice, long life with us. Cloudy has been with us on the farm for about ten years. He is wonderful about keeping a close eye...

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Videos

Some recent videos from around the retirement farm. We have quite the cast of characters. Of course there are the retired horses, as well as the donkey, the two stray goats, the flock of stray chickens, Poco the evil shetland pony, Cloudy the barn cat and all of the dogs. I don’t think I left anyone off of that list! Cloudy, Number One Barn Cat Feed me NOW! The goats and the rooster More of the goats (and a brief glimpse of how they destroy the trees) Ogie, Trillion, Sebastian, Faune and Poco wandering through the pasture Sparky the donkey on the run with Ogie bringing up the...

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Pictures

Some of the pictures I have taken of the various equines around the farm in the last couple of weeks. I don’t think our residents could ask for a better retirement home. Grazing on a beautiful day Sparky loves to roll, or maybe it is more accurate to say he lives to roll Two bays, Elfin in the front with Apollo behind him This one wasn’t taken at the farm. Me on Bonnie playing in the water jump at a cross country course. On our way home we had a trailer accident thanks to some idiot slamming on their...

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Everybody Say Hello To Chance

I’m sure any family members reading that will do a doubletake since Chance is also the name of my brother-in-law! Chance also happens to be the name of the most recent horse to join us for retirement. Chance is a thoroughbred who joined us over the weekend from Connecticut. He walked off the trailer and looked around for a moment, and then realized he was surrounded by grass and immediately put his head down and began grazing. He’s rarely lifted his head up since then! About to pull into the driveway Where am I?Unfortunately for Chance he isn’t used...

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Rain = Mud

Last year we experienced a record breaking drought here in the southeast. I hope to never have that experience again, especially since it was our third year in a row of drought. The two previous years had been manageable, we were drier than normal but hay production was decent and it wasn’t awful. 2007 was a nightmare from a farming perspective. We watched hay prices more than triple thanks to the drought and other factors. This year our rainfall had been normal, in fact even slightly above normal in my local area, and all was right in our world...

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Pictures Around the Water Trough

Who knew you could take so many pictures of horses around water troughs?? Harmony always sticks her tongue out while she holds water in her mouth. She loves to drool it all over unsuspecting people who don’t realize what her game is. Teddy isn’t impressed by it thoughIt looks like Apollo and Leo both had a nice roll in the dirt before taking a drink Buffy and Teddy share a drinkElfin takes a drink while Apollo dribbles water back into the trough Homer and Finn share a drink Finn and Apollo share a drink with their feedbags still on....

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What Would Happen?

I was talking with one of our clients the other day about some pretty serious health problems she is facing. As often happens we form a friendship with our clients as we become e-mail and/or phone buddies as we keep in contact about the horses. I knew something was going on in her life as I had left her a couple of messages about needing some things ordered for her horse. Like any true horse person, even though she didn’t have the energy to phone or e-mail back, she did make sure the things her horse needed made it...

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Stupid Girl

I had somewhat of a frustrating, aggravating day today. The good parts of my day was the time spent with the horses. They were all in wonderful moods and put a smile on my face. The irritating parts of my day involved all of the other stuff involved in running a retirement farm. The stuff that isn’t as fun as playing with the horses. First I went ten rounds with my laptop as I wrestled with QuickBooks Pro while I was eating lunch. I was trying to generate a custom report and was driving myself insane modifying, changing filters,...

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Deja Vue

First of all I hope I spelled that correctly! It seems like every time I looked around recently I would see horses grooming each other. I realize that isn’t terribly interesting, but I have to say it is cute to watch. It is fun to watch the horses form friendships and interact with each other. A few of the residents here had either never been turned out at all, or only been turned out by themselves prior to retirement, so they had never really had the opportunity to form strong social bonds. All of the horses here are turned...

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Meet Elfin

Elfin is a really cute bay thoroughbred who joined us from Florida. He is owned and very much loved by Stacey, and she chose us to have the honor of hosting Elfin in retirement. Elfin was Stacey’s first horse, and they worked their way up the ranks in the hunters during their eleven years together. Top Elfin and Leo; Bottom Elfin, Homer and ApolloI have a lot of respect for Stacey. She has been responsible for almost all of Elfin’s bills since she got him, including through high school and college. I think it says a lot about Stacey...

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Pictures

Some of the many pictures I have taken in the last couple of weeks. Homer Leo Teddy napping while Harmony grazes Ogie peeking out of the run-in shed Harmony grazing Harmony and Buffy What a cute face Friendship and food make for a great day I see peaceful scenes like these every day Bella peeking through the grass. She is my shadow around the farm. A chicken, a donkey and a horse all in the same picture Trillion was resting his head on Sebastian’s back while waiting for...

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You Want Them Painted What Color???

When I first decided to start blogging I worried that I would run out of things to write about. Much about our daily life here is pretty routine and how many pictures of grazing horses can you possibly ask people to look at? However I seem to keep coming up with new things to complain, err – I mean blog, about on a regular basis. My dad has this thing about everything on the farm matching. I’m not suggesting that is a bad thing, in fact I agree with him. But it is easy to suggest all these things...

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Another Week, Another Visit From The Farrier

You’ve met our wonderful farrier Gwen before in Harmony is the definition of herd bound, and is never too happy about being in the barn. She likes Gwen though and is good for her. Since I was already on Harmony’s bad list I went ahead and gave her a bath as well. That really made her happy (that was said with much sarcasm). Instead of putting her back out right away I put in her a stall to dry In between screams to her friends she entertained herself. Here she is chewing on the door. Screaming at me to...

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